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.......... Mercer Named Head Coach .........
Three years ago, Wright State Director of Athletics Bob Grant didn't go far to replace Rob Cooper, who accepted the head baseball coach position at Penn State. Grant did the same this time after Greg Lovelady accepted the head coach position at Central Florida on Monday. On Wednesday, he chose assistant coach and former Raider player, Jeff Mercer, read more
In July, 2016, Jeff Mercer became the fourth head coach in the history of Wright State baseball and he hit the ground running.
Mercer was tabbed by WSU Director of Athletics Bob Grant to guide the successful program that has back-to-back NCAA Regional Finals appearances and 124 wins over the three previous years. He is the first former Raider player to lead the program.
Mercer, who was a two-time All-Horizon League honoree for Wright State in 2008 and 2009, returned to the Raiders as an assistant coach in September 2013 and helped make an immediate impact on the program. WSU set a school record for wins with 43 in 2015 just to break it a year later with 46 wins.
"The accomplishments of our baseball team the last three seasons have been tremendous and historic--Jeff has been a huge part of all of those accomplishments," Grant said. "I'm thrilled that he will be our new head coach. His unique background as a player and coach here and elsewhere make him a perfect fit to continue to build on the tremendous success we've already achieved. He fits our culture perfectly. I can't wait for him to put his mark on our baseball program."
Nate Metzger was named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator with the Wright State baseball program in July 2016.
Serving as director of athletics and head coach at Heartland Community College from 2006-16, Metzger was a four-time NJCCA Region Coach of the Year while 121 of 135 student-athletes continued baseball and academic careers at four-year universities, 84 going to Division I programs.
Metzger will assist WSU head coach Jeff Mercer with the day to day administrative duties, coach the catchers and assist with the offense.
Matt Talarico, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, joined the Raider baseball coaching staff in August, 2015.
While at Dayton during the 2011-15 seasons, Talarico oversaw recruiting as well as hitting, offensive production and baserunning. Under his guidance, the Flyers improved its base running game, setting many school marks and ranking among the nation's best.
In 2015, Dayton continued their impressive base running under Talarico. The Flyers ranked 14th in the nation in steals per game and 15th in the nation in steals. Senior Robby Sunderman led the team with 21 steals.